Table 3

Comparison of Patient Characteristics Between Outpatient Palliative Clinic Patients with and without follow-up
Patients with follow-up (n = 1778) Patients with no follow-up (n = 283) p-value†
Characteristics Number(%)
Age Mean(SD) 58(13.4) 59(13.4) 0.50
Median 59 60
Gender Male 918(52%) 130(46%) 0.10
Cancer type Lung and Head&Neck 473(27%) 104(37%) 0.50
Gastrointestinal 301(17%) 46(16%)
Genitourinary 176(10%) 43(15%)
Sarcoma 68(4%) 11(4%)
Gynecologic 120(7%) 24(8%)
Breast 128(7%) 17(6%)
Others 426(24%) 38(14%)
ESAS items Median(Qtl 25th-75th) Median(Qtl 25th-75th)
Pain 5(3–8) 3(1–5) <0.001
Fatigue 6(4–8) 3(0–3) <0.001
Nausea 1(0–4) 3(0–3) <0.001
Depression 3(0–5) 0(0–1) <0.001
Anxiety 3(0–5) 0(0–3) <0.001
Appetite 4(1–6) 2(0–4) <0.001
Drowsiness 5(2–7) 0(0–3) <0.001
Feeling of well-being 5(3–7) 2(0–4) <0.001
Shortness of Breath 2(0–5) 0(0–3) <0.001
Sleep disturbance 5(2–7) 2(0–4) <0.001
ESAS-Symptom distress score 34(24–46) 28(17–40) <0.001

ESAS = Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale.

t-test for age and ESAS; Fisher exact test for other variables.

Yennu et al.

Yennu et al. BMC Palliative Care 2012 11:16   doi:10.1186/1472-684X-11-16

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